Coming up on News 7-
A powerful storm rips through parts of Henry County.
Norfolk Southern is upping it's bid for Conrail to TEN billion dollars.
Plus Bob Dole trades the campaign trail for a chair on the Letterman show.
News 7 is next.
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A powerful storm that destroyed several homes in the Henry County area was
not a tornado.
That's the word from a meteorologist who inspected the site and determined
the damage was caused by straight line winds.
Teresa Hamilton spoke with residents at the Sentry Mobile home park in
IN Q=The trailer
SUPER=07-Leila Moore; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :07
SUPER=07-Howard Hodge; :34
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
The majority of the damage happened at a Henry County industrial park.
Officials say the Koger plant off Route 220 suffered 500- thousand dollars
GRAPHIC=Plane Crash Invest
Federal officials are denying it was a navy missile that caused the
explosion of T-W-A Flight 800.
Liz Mullen reports it was a retired newsman who claims the missile
accidentally took out the jumbo jet.
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SUPER=01-Pierre Salinger/Former ABC Correspondent; 18 quick!
SUPER=01-James Kallstrom/FBI; 42
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; (no standup) 1:35
OUT Q=New York."
((Ever since TWA Flight 800 crashed off the coast of Long Island, New York,
killing all 230 on board the world has wondered who or what is to blame.
was it a bomb? Mechanical failure or something horrifyingly closer to home?
PIERRE SALINGER/Former ABC Correspondent: IT SAYS HERE THAT TWA FLIGHT 800 WAS
SHOT DOWN BY US NAVY GUIDED MISSILES.
Former ABC Newsman Pierre Salinger has caused quite a stir after announcing
that a U.S. Secret Service agent passed along a document that proves what has
been rumored since the July 17th crash: That flight 800 was downed by friendly
fire. But angry federal officials don't give any credence to Salinger's story:
SOT: JAMES KALLSTROM, ASSISTANT FBI DIRECTOR:
WE WANT TO ASSURE THE AMERIGAN PUBLIC. WE WANT TO ASSURE THE VICTIM'S FAMILIES
THAT NOTHING, NOTHING LIKE THAT HAS
TAKEN PLACE, WOULD TAKE PLACE, WOULD EVER TAKE PLACE.
Salinger says that for five weeks now he's had proof that the navy was
practicing manouvers the night of july 17 in an area known in the military as
"W-105" to the south east of Long Island. He says a guided missile was fired
accidentally from there.
Why has he not come forward with this information before?
PIERRE SALINGER: I GOT THAT PAPER AND AT THAT TIME I THOUGHT LET'S SIT BACK AND
SEE WHAT THIS INVESTIGATION WILL DO.
The FBI says Pierre Salinger will be contacted but calls his allegations
"utter nonsense." But after nearly four months, the FBI admits it still no a
way to go before determining what brought down TWA Flight 800.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, New York.))
A new chief of staff for the President-
(IR-skin Bowls) Erskine Bowles is a Businessman from North Carolina.
((ERSKINE BOWLES: I'M TRULY HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON TO
RETURN TO SERVE HIM AS HE SERVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=the American people."
Bowles replaces Leon Panetta, who's resigning.
((LEON PANETTA/CHIEF OF STAFF: THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT AND WONDERFUL JOURNEY THAT
HAS SATISFIED BOTH MY MIND AND MY SOUL. NOW IT'S TIME TO SATISFY MY HEART. ))
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/Chief of Staff;
OUT Q=satisfy my heart."
Panetta says he looks forward to going home to California and spending more
time with his family.
Jurors are at a standstill in the murder trial that stemmed from a talk
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Jurors began deliberating today on whether Jonathan Schmitz should be held
responsible for shooting a man.
SUPER=04-The Jenny Jones Show;
That man revealed he had a crush on Schmitz during the taping of the Jenny
Jurors could not reach a decsion today. They resume deliberations Tuesday
Rail analysts say competing bids for Conrail have driven its price way above
what it's really worth.
But for Norfolk Southern and C-S-X, being left out of the deal may be the
highest price to pay.
N-S fired the latest salvo in the bidding war.
The company, which is one of this area's largest employers, raised its offer
for Conrail to TEN billion dollars.
That puts N-S way ahead of the C-S-X bid in terms of cash value.
But the C-S-X/Conrail deal may be hard to reverse, because of complex
corporate laws in Pennsylvania, Conrail's home base.
A former Postal Worker from Vinton was sentenced today to serve five years
in prison for bank robbery.
John Philbrook held up the Co-Operative Savings Bank on Old Forest Road in
Lynchburg last February.
The 25-year old bank robber was also ordered to pay back the 75-hundred
dollars he stole.
Philbrook will get credit for time served since his arrest in mid-March,
but he'll still spend at least four more years in prison.
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Still to come on the broadcast, a former challenger in the fighting ninth is
charged with sex crimes,
The battle involves a student, a school stystem and a Rush Limbaugh book.
Today both sides exchange harsh words.
Robin in WX CENTER
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The case of the Rush Limbaugh book in class may be headed back to federal
Nine-year old Jason Gardner says his teachers at Montvale Elementary School
twice prevented him from reading Limbaugh material in class.
His case attracted the interest of the Rutherford Institute, whose lawyers
specialize in religious liberties cases.
The Rutherford Institute told the school to revoke its policy or face a
But the school's attorney today refuted Gardner's allegations, stating "the
facts and the law are on our side and no amount of threats and chest thumping
will alter that".
A Rutherford attorney tells News7 "somebody in this case is lying and it's
not my client."
The Institute plans to file a new complaint in federal court next week.
Tuesday's resounding defeat at the polls may have stalled a Rockbridge
County airport project for good.
This field north of Lexington was the preferred site of the airport.
But after losing by a three to one margin, supporters of the project say it
won't fly in the face of so much opposition.
Opponents are ready to fight it again if they have to.
IN Q=We're prepared, if it comes
((DARRELL CROSON, CONCERNED CITIZENS COALITION; WE'RE PREPARED, IF IT COMES UP
AGAIN, TO TAKE ON THE ISSUE AND LOOK AT IT AGAIN. WE'E HOPING THAT WON'T BE THE
CASE. WHEN YOU HAVE OVER A 75 PERCENT VOTE AGAINST SOMETHING, WE'RE HOPING THAT
OUR OFFICIALS HAVE GOTTEN A CLEAR MESSAGE.))
((MATT PAXTON, AVIATION IN ROCKBRIDGE; 2 OF THE 5 SUPERVISORS SAID THEY WOULD
ABIDE BY THE VOTE. OF COURSE THE VOTE WAS VERY DECISIVE AGAINST THE AIRPORT.
ONE SUPERVISOR HAD GONE ON RECORD PRIOR TO IT SAYING HE WAS AGAINST, SO AT
LEAST FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE COUNTY SPONSORING AN AIRPORT, IT'S CERTAINLY
DEAD AT THIS POINT.))
SUPER=01-Darrell Croson/Concerned Citizens Coalition;
SUPER=01-Matt Paxton/Aviation In Rockbridge;
OUT Q=dead at this point
Paxton says the only airport that might be possible in the future, is a
privately funded grass landing strip for local pilots.
A former state delegate who ran an unsuccessful campaign against Congressman
Rick Boucher in 1988 is facing criminal charges in Bristol.
Police there have charged 44 year old John Clyde Brown with attempted
forcible sodomy of a teenage boy.
He's also charged with giving alcohol to four other teens.
All of the incidents allegedly occured in Brown's home.
Brown, who's also a former mayor of Bristol, is on paid administrative leave
from his job as athletic director at Virginia High School.
Hollins College honored its new president and collected a couple of major
Janet Rasmussen (ras-MEW-sin) was inaugurated as Hollins' ninth president
She asked students to focus their studies on some of the urgent problems
facing women around the world, such as violence and poverty.
Rasmussen also announced that Hollins had received an anonymous gift of
500-thousand dollars for a science professorship.
Another gift of 250-thousand dollars will buy equipment for a multimedia
Soft Music Under
When News 7 at 11 returns, Robin Reed will have the chilly forecast,
and we'll see how a group of attorneys are using an innovative program to
teach young people about our judicial system.
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A group of fourth graders in Roanoke is getting some experience with the
But they're not in trouble- It's just a special program that local attorneys
hope will foster respect for the law and those who enforce it.
IN Q=(sot of siren) The students enthusiastically
SUPER=01-Phillip Parker/Lawyer; :47
SUPER=01-Peggy King/Fourth Grade Teacher; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7, Roanoke
((The students enthusiastically welcome the mentor program's visitors and do
things they've never done.
10 03 05 00 - 10 03 13 00
IN Q=HAVE you ever
((BETH MYER: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A POLICE CAR? STUDENT: NO. MYER: TELL ME
WHAT THAT WAS LIKE? STUDENT: SCARY. YOU COULDN'T OPEN THE DOOR FROM THE
OUT Q=what they did.
The experience makes a definite impression.
10 08 13 00 - 10 08 26 00
IN Q=If you steal
((STUDENT: IF YOU STEAL SOMETHING HE COULD TAKE YOU TO THE JAIL HOUSE. MYER:
WHAT DID THAT MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT? STUDENT: NOT DOING ANYTHING BAD. ))
OUT Q=anything bad.
Once a month Phillip Parker, a lawyer and member of the Va Bar Association,
visits this fourth grade classroom to talk about the law. Often, he'll invite
other professionals to join him.
10 21 10 00 - 10 21 23 00
IN Q=For example
((PHILLIP PARKER/LAWYER: FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY WE HAD A POLICE OFFICER, THEN A
JUDGE, WE'LL TAKE THEM TO THE COURTHOUSE, AND JAIL SO WE CAN SEE AS MUCH AS
POSSIBLE. THAT'S THE MAIN GOAL. ))
OUT Q=the main goal.
As the students learn, they begin planning their own mock trial that will be
enacted at the end of the school year.
10 13 13 00 - 10 13 31 00
IN Q=We write it
((PEGGY KING: FOURTH GRADE TEACHER: WE WRITE IT, ACT IT OUT, GO TO THE
COURTHOUSE, MR. PARKER IS THE JUDGE, THE KIDS ARE THE LAWYERS AND DEFENDANTS.
THEY MAKE A DECISION AND HAVE LEARNED ALL THAT TERMINOLOGY BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=terminology before.
The Va Bar Association sponsors this program to increase awareness about the
legal system... hoping to steer young people to be law abiding citizens early
in life. Beth Myer, News 7, Roanoke.))
Soft Music Under
When we return, Steve Mason will be along with all of tonight's Friday
and we'll tell you Virginia Tech is working to bring high tech research into
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After 24 years, John Woodzell decided that after tonights game against
Glenvar he would put down the whistle and pick up his grandson, among other
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Cougars vs. Highlanders; :00
Woodzell was hoping to make his final game a memorable one..and it would
The game was tied at halftime. Here in the fourth quarter, knotted up at 21
a piece, Cougar quarterback Bret May drops back and hits Tracy Walker for the
12 yard TD connection and Covington sends it's coach out on top with a 27-21
IN Q=it was
SUPER=01-John Woodzell/Retiring Coach;
OUT Q=...next year"
Over in Salem, the Spartans dominated visiting Rockbridge tonight 62 to 6
at Salem Stadium.
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Willis White had his troops in what appeared to be playoff form.
We pick it up in the first quarter, salem's first possession. Tailback Matt
Anderson takes the rock in from 4 yards out and the Spartans would go up
Salem made it two for two; on it's next possession Dennis Haley busts a move up
the gut for the TD, Salem skins the Wildcats 62-6.
Down at Victory Stadium, William Fleming and Patrick Henry renued their
cross city grudge match.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Colonels vs. Patriots; :00
The Control tower was buzzen Killer Miller...watch out for the kick...too
late. Gouss Joseph boots this 21 yarder to give Patrick Henry the 3 nothing
lead in the first quarter.
SUPER=36-William Fleming/19/Patrick Henry/9;
The Colonels Lee Suggs then buzzes the tower for a fly ball!!! The junior is
gonna scoot around the left side for the TD. Fleming wins the grudge match
19-9, PH is now out of the playoff picture.
wipe to boards
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OUT Q=last score
SUPER=55-Craig Co./8/James River/47/Roanoke Catholic/0/Brunswick
Academy/26/Wm. Fleming/19/Patrick Henry/9;
SUPER=55-Covington/27/Glenvar/21/Wm. Byrd/31/Blacksburg/8/Dan River/6/Wm.
SUPER=55-Heritage/12/Jefferson Forest/36/G.W. Danville/45/Halifax
Botetourt/Sat./Northside/1:30/Pulaski Co./Sat./Cave Spring/1pm;
SUPER=55-Parry McCluer/Sat./Bath Co./1pm/Amherst Co./Sat./E.C. Glass/7pm/R.E.
SUPER=55-Altavista/Sat./Chatham/6pm/Madison Co./Sat./Buffalo Gap/11am/Fork
SUPER=55-Carroll Co./No/Tazewell/Rpt./Riverheads/No/Wilson Memorial/Rpt./Rural
Bowl implications for both teams, espically UVa, which is tied with Clemson
for third place in the ACC, also we will have the national league manager of
and..not the driver of the year, but this guy was difitely the driver of the
day, Bobby L when we come back.
15th ranked Virginia host 5 and 3 Clemson tomorrow in a 3:30 kickoff. The
Tigers started slow, but have come on with 2 games left on it's schedule.
IN Q="I think
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...early in the season"
SUPER=03-Death Valley, SC/1995;
One key will be stopping Tiger Tailback Raymond preister and quarterback
IN Q="It's definitely
((RONDE BARBER/UVA DEFENSIVE BACK:))
SUPER=01-Ronde Barber/UVa Defensive Back; :00
OUT Q=...to win"
25th ranked Virginia Tech plays 5 and 2 East carolina tomorrow at Lane
Stadium Worsham Field.
The Pirates have three veterans at receiver and quarterback Marcus Crandell
is up for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
((STEVE LOGAN/EAST CAROLINA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Logan/East Carolina Head Coach; :11
OUT Q=...on early downs"
VMI hosts Richmond in a 1pm game in Lexington,
The Liberty Flames are at home tomorrow against Livingstone at 1:30,
The Panthers play Frostburg at home; that's a 1:30 kickoff,
and W & L and Emory & henry play in Lexington at 1:30.
GRAPHIC=Atlanta Motor Speedway
Winston Cup drivers went through first round qualifying today for the Napa
500; the final race of the year.
The points race is extremely close between Terry Labonte and Jeff Gordon.
The qualifying race....was a run away.
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Bobby Labonte broke the track record with a speed of 185.887 miles per
hour in the Interstate Chevy to capture his 4th pole of the season.
IN Q="The car
((BOBBY LABONTE/NAPA 500 POLE WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Napa 500 Pole Winner; :00
OUT Q=just awesome"
Broken left hand and all, points leader Terry Labonte qualified 3rd while
Gordon will start from the outside pole. Now here's the top 25.
wipe to lineup
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/185.887/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Terry Labonte//4. Mark
Martin//5. Dale Jarrett;
SUPER=0107-6. Ernie Irvan//7. Todd Bodine//8. Greg Sacks//9. Bobby
Hamilton//10. Chad Little//;
SUPER=0107-11. Hut Stricklin//12. Jack Sprague//13. Bill Elliott//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-16. Johnny Benson//17. Dale Earnhardt//18. Robert Pressley//19.
Brett Bodine//20. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Billy Standridge//23. Ward Burton//24. Elton
Sawyer//25. Bobby Hillin//;
To the Freezer. The Express lost to the South Division Mobile Mysticks
tonight 5-3 on the road. Roanoke scored 2 goals late in the third to tie the
game at 3 a piece, but the Mystics scored 2 unanswered goals to win. The
Express is now 5 and 7 on the season.
Now lets check out the NHL and NBA digits.
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SUPER=0103-j/Detroit/4//Hartford/1////Pittsburgh/5//Tampa Bay/5//in OT/;
Today, the writers named Bruce Bochy the National League manager of the
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball; :00
In his second season with the San Diego Padres; Bochy led the team to its
first National League West title since 1984. San Diego had a 91 and 71
record and Bochy is the first Padre Manager to win the honor.
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SUPER=331-Cloudy Skies/Wind NW-15/38-40/Cloudy Skies/Wind W-15/48-50;
SUPER=332-Drizzle & Snow/Showers Late/32-34/Clouds And/Snow Showers/38-42;
SUPER=333-Clouds And/Passing Showers/32-34/Mostly Cloudy/And Cold/43-46;
SUPER=334-Snow Showers/Likely Late/32-35/1-2'' Snow/Wind W-10/34-38;
Virginia Tech tonight announced a new program to help science and math
It's called the Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom.
The Institute will set up mentor programs for public school students, and
give teachers hands-on work at Tech laboratories, among other projects.
IN Q=The goal of
((PEGGY MESZAROS/VIRGINIA TECH PROVOST: THE GOAL OF THE INSTITUTE IS TO
DEMONSTRATE THE PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS OF RESEARCH TO EDUCATION, TO BRING
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING CAREER OPTIONS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS,
AND TO CONNECT CORPORATIONS, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY
IN IMPROVING SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION.))
SUPER=01-Peggy Meszaros/Virginia Tech Provost;
OUT Q=mathematics education.
The Institute has the support of the National Science Foundation, and the
Tech will hold a conference on it next March, at the Hotel Roanoke, for any
teacher who'd like to take part.
Bob Dole steps off the campaign trial- into the late night spotlight.
SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants, Inc.;
He is a guest on Late Night with David Letterman.
OUT Q=out of 3. laughter
Tonight's show is the first public appearance for Dole since his Election